at Solve Challenge Finals 2019

Apella | New York City

Solve Challenge Finals in New York City is the premier social impact pitch event during UN General Assembly week. The event brings together the Solve community with a diverse group of innovators with solutions to Solve’s 2019 Global ChallengesCircular EconomyCommunity-Driven InnovationEarly Childhood Development, and Healthy Cities.  

During the event, these entrepreneurs will pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and a live audience. Those selected will form the next Solver class, joining the Solve community to build partnerships with cross-sector leaders—including Solve Members such as Starbucks, HP, Johnson & Johnson, and Save the Children—that help pilot, scale, and implement their tech-based solutions and take action on complex Global Challenges. 

This year, there is over $1.6 million in potential funding available for the selected Solver teams, and recipients of the following Challenge prizes, among others, will be announced:

  • The AI Innovations Prize supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and Schmidt Futures
  • The GM Prize on Community-Driven Innovation and the GM Prize on Circular Economy
  • Innovation for Women Prize supported by the Vodafone Americas Foundation


Program participants at past Solve events include:

  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada
  • Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor and Board Member, Alphabet Inc.
  • Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist and Curator of the MIT Solve Arts and Culture Mentorship Prize
  • Neela Montgomery, CEO, Crate and Barrel
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Alaa Murabit, High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Development, Global SDG Advocate, United Nations


If you’re interested in attending this premier social impact event—and joining the Solve community to partner with innovators who are solving Global Challenges—find out how you can become a member of Solve, or reach out to us at membership@solve.mit.edu.


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